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Brăduţ Covaliu Collection

Brăduţ Covaliu is one of the most authentic painters of the landscape, who passing through the filter of his own feeling everything he sees, becomes an inspired rhapsody of the beauties of the Romanian land. His painting acquires preciousness through a paste of generous consistency. We are referring here to those paintings with an obvious tendency to monumentalize - he is a creator of spaces with a new pictorial architecture in which he depicts vast mountain and plain views on which lie scattered mountain houses or tidy plain houses. In each painting the painter simplifies reality to the essence. Such paintings, which do not simply evoke the landscape, but the elements, are the work of a true poet of matter. The whole unitary ensemble of the exhibition demonstrates that the artist possesses that beauty and spiritual nobility of color, so coveted by painters, the joy of fulfilling it through the generosity of his creation and of offering it to us through each painting on display.

As a portraitist, a defining feature of his activity, he has a personal way of painting in which color blends harmoniously with the drawing, sculpturally delimiting the contours, preferring to choose types of obvious physical robustness, with austere features and a note of gravity, with a natural air but also with an inner tension. The stylization of the features, often with a serious, dramatic breath, painted in sober tones, reminds us of the slightly naive style of the old icons on the glass; we find in his works bold faces, full of confidence in their power to transform reality. It is meant to be a dense painting, more serious than exuberant.

In the portraits of girls, however, the painter makes an exception, he pursues a deep and intimate path to their greatness of soul, his painting becoming a mirror in which one can contemplate their deeply good, gentle and cheerful soul. Because the Romanian space in which they live is a mouthful of heaven, always bright and sunny, and which has been imprinted in their being and in the ways they carry.

Those paintings are selected that express various extreme relationships, between the energy and creative force of Brăduţ Covaliu and the gentleness of the chosen portraits, between the beauty of the seasons and the overflowing energy of man, between the beauty of horses and the tumult of movement, between the beauty of the world and the drama of human creation. In many paintings the difference between the contemplative and the sensitive, intimate experience between the artist and his art is expressed. In each painting the painter wanted to simplify everything to the essence. First of all, it suggests the importance of the subject precisely by choosing the titles ordered individually or in cycles: A Song for Our Galaxy, Children's Earth, Morning Flying, Flying Eagles, etc. and many portraits, then he emphasized the difference between the expression of the plastic aesthetic load and the suggestive simplicity of the big and generous plans, finally everything becoming target, purpose, symbols and metaphors, fulfillment, realization, culmination, perfection, meanings that can concentrate the fruit of the fundamental idea of monumental.

Buzau County Museum

Buzau County Museum is the main museum institution in Buzau County. Its foundations were laid by Basil Iorgulescu and the development of the collections led to several stages of expansion. The current headquarters is the third. From 1977 until now it is housed in the building of the former Girls' School. The building, built between 1931 and 1937, is included in the list of historical monuments, being one of the most imposing buildings in the city.

The permanent exhibitions were opened here in 1980-1981, being subsequently modified and updated in 1986, 1990, 1999-2001, 2004, 2015-2017. The newest project was implemented after the complete restoration of the building (carried out in the period 2010-2015, based on the financing of 36,906,590 lei / 8,201,464 Euros offered through the Regional Operational Program 2007-2013).

In the 1980s and 1990s, the museum's collections became substantially richer as a result of archaeological research, acquisitions, and donations. In addition to the consistent collections of history and archeology, the museum's fund has grown steadily, enriching itself with valuable goods ethnographical, artist, numismatics and in the field of mineralogy and al natural sciences.

Under the auspices of the institution, a series of books were published ("Mousaios Library"), 2 annual scientific bulletins ("Mousaios" and "Annals of the Buzău”), Catalogs and monographs, fruit of the scientific research activity carried out within the museum institution.

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